Niantic hosts another double XP event for Pokémon GO during Thanksgiving week

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 21, 2016

Pokémon GO players had a chance to participate in the Halloween event last month, in which ghost Pokémon spawns were increased, distances to hatch eggs were decreased, and double candies was rewarded for the entire week the event ran for.

Now, Niantic has announced a second event coming to the game in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday this week, but this time the rewards are a little different. Read More

 

How to share Wallet passes

By Steffen Reich on Nov 16, 2016

You might have been there before: you volunteered to book event tickets on behalf of a group and just when your finger is hovering over the eTicket delivery method, you notice you do not have everyone’s digits to send the tickets out to their iPhones. Or you do, but a group member has no local number since they’re visiting from overseas?

Fret not, because neither of those two scenarios is going to keep you from handing out the passes to your friends’ devices at last. All you need to know for it to come off is a little trick that helps allocate them conveniently from your own Wallet app.

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Apple did not say a lot about the MacBook Air, but it spoke volumes

By Steffen Reich on Oct 28, 2016

Going into Apple’s “Hello Again” keynote on Thursday, speculation was rife with regard to how many new machines and product lines Apple would lift the veil on. The MacBook Pro seemed the safest bet, rightly so as it would turn out, but talk of a MacBook Air refresh or MacBook larger than 12-inch persisted until the very moment Tim Cook took the stage.

Fast forward the 80-minute short event and some of the MacBook Air hopeful watching, especially those on older machines clamouring for an overdue upgrade, will have found themselves slumped down in frustration on their sofa. Phil Schiller had just performed the precarious (and telling) balancing act of dismantling the MacBook Air’s right to exist live on stage, but bizarrely enough not without praising its virtues at the same time and throwing a lifeline to its large user base.

Irrespective of the kind words spoken and regardless of the promise to keep around the model Apple once used to proudly parade with the aid of an envelope, what really mattered was what Schiller didn’t directly say: the future of the MacBook Air looks bleak. Could there be a reason to buy one now anyway?

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The headphone jack lives on with the new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Oct 27, 2016

Yes, for those wondering, the new MacBook Pro has a standard headphone jack. Apple was met with a lot of criticism back in September when it introduced the iPhone 7 without the 3.5mm port, but it clearly isn’t ready to bring the change to its laptop lines.

The move should appease the MacBook Pro’s targeted audience, who won’t have to worry about fiddling with adapters or pairing Bluetooth headphones/speakers. Music producers, for example, will be able to plug the computer directly into their current setups. Read More

 

Apple launches new ‘TV’ app

By Cody Lee on Oct 27, 2016

Apple on Thursday kicked off its Hello Again event by announcing a new app it’s simply calling ‘TV.’ Tim Cook claimed that his team believes it will “completely change how you watch TV on your Apple TV as well as your iPhone and iPad.”

The app, as rumored, is essentially a super TV guide that surfaces shows and movies from all of your apps. “The new TV app is the first place I go when I use my Apple TV.” Selecting a title within the TV app kicks you into its respective app. Read More

 

The 5K LG UltraFine is the external display Apple didn’t want to make

By Cody Lee on Oct 27, 2016

During its ‘hello again’ event on Thursday, Apple showed off a new 27-inch 5K LG UltraFine display. SVP Phil Schiller described it as the “ultimate docking station” because it has multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports, and can even charge the new MacBook Pro.

Schiller also noted that Apple teamed up with LG to build the display specifically for the new Pro, so it’s unclear what the future is of Apple-branded displays. There have been rumors it’s building one, but it may have decided the numbers aren’t there. Read More

 

You can now watch a replay of today’s ‘hello again’ Mac event

By Cody Lee on Oct 27, 2016

Folks who missed today’s ‘hello again’ event, or would just like to watch it again, will be happy to hear that Apple has posted the full video online for your streaming pleasure. It was actually a fairly short keynote, by Apple’s standards, but they spent most of the 80 minutes introducing and demonstrating the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Read More

 

Apple discontinues 11-inch MacBook Air

By Cody Lee on Oct 27, 2016

Alongside the introduction of its brand new MacBook Pro laptop on Thursday, Apple announced that it has decided to discontinue the 11-inch MacBook Air (except for in schools). It will continue to sell the 13-inch model with a starting price of $999, although it didn’t get an update today and likely won’t ever again. Read More

 

Watch the videos from Apple’s ‘hello again’ event

By Cody Lee on Oct 27, 2016

Apple has posted various videos shown during today’s ‘hello again’ Mac event to its YouTube channel. Included are clips highlighting Apple’s commitment to Accessibility features and various MacBook Pro demos and promotional spots.

Of course you can watch a replay of the entire event, so folks that completely missed the keynote this morning may want to do that. But if you just want to get to the meat of the big announcements, these videos are a great starting point. Read More

 

New MacBook Pro starts at $1,499, some models available today

By Cody Lee on Oct 27, 2016

Apple just announced pricing and availability information for its shiny new MacBook Pro. Apparently it will come in 3 models, starting at $1,499, and you can order them all today. Shipping times are different, however, depending on which model you’re after.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is essentially a MacBook Air replacement. It shares the slimmer design and various internals with the new MacBook Pro, but it comes with physical Function keys instead of the Touch Bar, and doesn’t have Touch ID. Read More

 

How to live stream today’s Apple “hello again” event

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 27, 2016

Apple will be streaming its “Hello Again” keynote event from its home campus in Cupertino, California today.

If you want to tune into the event to see everything Apple brings to the table, then this post will have all the information you’ll need to learn how to stream the event live. Read More

 

Apple will live-stream October 27 Mac keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Invites for a new media event went out yesterday and Apple just confirmed that the keynote will be live-streamed through its website. As you’ve come to expect from iDownloadBlog, we will be providing remote coverage of the keynote along with details of the announcements. This could be the last event at Infinite Loop’s Town Hall campus.

That’s because the massive Campus 2 building AKA “iSpaceship” should open come January 2017, barring any unforeseen delays. The site includes a massive underground auditorium where future corporate and press events will be taking place. Read More

 

Hello again: Apple sends out invitations for October 27 Mac event

By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2016

It’s official! Apple is holding an event on Thursday, October 27 on its Cupertino campus. On Wednesday afternoon the company sent out the above invitation to select members of the media, asking them to “join us for a special event.”

We’ve been expecting an October Apple event for several weeks now, and yesterday a Recode report accurately predicted it would happen on the 27. And as the invite indicates, the focus of the event is believed to be new Mac hardware.

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Apple October 27 event wallpapers: “hello again”

By Jim Gresham on Oct 19, 2016

Today, Apple announced the upcoming media event on October 27. With the announcement, in traditional fashion, comes a simple graphic representation of the event. As always, armchair pundits and tea leaf readers try to discern the hidden messages believed to be concealed in the graphic.

More productive folks get creative and make wallpapers from the inspired imagery. It is tradition for the Wallpapers of the Week section to feature these creations, leading up to the event. Step inside for fresh wallpapers, inspired by Apple’s “hello again” event! Read More

 

Apple listed as exhibitor at next year’s Mobile World Congress

By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2016

Apple is slated to make an appearance at the 2017 Mobile World Congress, reports MacRumors. The site points to a page (which has since been pulled) on the MWC website, which shows the company has booked exhibitor space for the event.

This is significant for a few reasons. For one, Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition and conference for the mobile industry. And two, Apple’s been absent from most major trade shows and conferences since the early 2000’s. Read More

 

Report: Apple planning to hold new Mac event October 27

By Cody Lee on Oct 18, 2016

Apple will introduce new Macs at an event on October 27, reports Recode. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says that the event will likely take place at or near Apple’s Cupertino campus, rather than its typical venue in San Francisco.

Recode doesn’t specify exactly which Mac products we’ll see, but most of Apple’s laptop and desktop lines are due for an update. A report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara yesterday called for new 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro models, and a refreshed 13-inch Air. Read More

 

Apple Watch Series 2 is a bit thicker and heavier than the original Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

Although they look just about the same on the outside, the new Apple Watch Series 2 is built just a little bit thicker and heavier than the Apple Watch Series 1 and the original Apple Watch.

The findings might be a deal-breaker for some people who already thought the original Apple Watch was too thick to begin with. After all, many were hoping Apple would thin out the footprint of the next-generation Apple Watch, rather than make it thicker. Read More

 

Poll: Will you buy the Apple Watch Series 2?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2 at yesterday’s keynote event alongside the iPhone 7 lineup with improvements to speed and capability, and also bumped up the specs of the original Apple Watch all while re-branding it the Apple Watch Series 1.

But is the second-generation Apple Watch everything you were hoping for? Let us know in this poll whether or not you’ll be ordering one. Read More

 

Poll: Which iPhone 7 configuration will you buy?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

There are two new iPhones in Apple’s iPhone lineup: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Both are power-houses, but each has its differences. With that in mind, we’re curious about what iPhone configuration you’re planning to buy. Read More

 

Hands-on with Apple Watch Series 2, iPhone 7 and AirPods

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

Following its big iPhone 7 event this morning, Apple gave journalists the opportunity to go hands-on with some of the new products it announced today including the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods. And as usual, we’ve rounded up some videos of these first impressions so you can get a better look at the new hardware. Read More

 
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